Greensboro’s Former Blue Bell Manufacturing unit nominated for Historic Award, public opinion inspired | Native information



The Old Greensborough Gateway Center Building on South Elm Street.


Khadejeh Nikouyeh / News & Record

GREENSBORO – A building linked to the city’s denim manufacturing history has been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

A city press release on Monday stated that the former Blue Bell Company facility at 620 S. Elm St. is seeking historic recognition for the United States’ official list of US properties worth preserving.

The building is at the intersection of South Elm Street and Gate City Boulevard. Over 100 years ago, it housed the demining factory for Blue Bell, which eventually acquired the Wrangler brand. The building later became known as the Old Greensborough Gateway Building and the floor plan was divided into individual offices.

Two years ago, the building’s new owner, Andy Zimmerman, spent $ 5 million a day converting the former factory into an open floor plan that is closer to its original state. Last year, New York-based lifestyle apparel company Centric Brands continued the building’s apparel legacy by opening an office in Greensboro.

If a property is listed on the national register, the owner is entitled to an income tax credit for historical rehabilitation. The listing does not restrict the owner’s use of private funds to maintain or modify the property.

The city participates in the review of national register nominations by soliciting public contributions. Call Mike Cowhig at 336-382-8353 or Stefan-leih Geary at 336-412-6300 by October 7 to leave a comment.

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